Saturday, December 3, 2016

Hosting Audio Books Reading Challenge

Audio Books
Reading Challenge

Hosted here at Book Dragon's Lair!

I'm not a huge fan of audio books but I've got several that need to be listened too. Plus I hate to see a challenge that readers want just disappear. Thanks to Annette for letting me take over this year.

There are a couple of hard rules, one just for general courtesy, several guidelines and six levels.

Hard Rules
  • All books counted must be audio!
  • The audio book in question must have an ISBN or equivalent.

General Courtesy
  • When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post. That way we can find it.

  • You can list your books in advance or as you read them. You can also change your list.
  • Any genre or length of book counts, as long as it is in audio format.
  • Anyone can join, you don’t need to be a blogger, just let me know in the comments.
  • Reviews are good but not necessary. Once again, you don't need to be a blogger, there are lots of places to post reviews. Hopefully, they'll link up so we can read them.
  • You may move up a level but not down.
  • Crossovers for other challenges count 
  • Books started before January 1st, 2017 don’t count - unless you start over ;-) 

bit – 1 book
Byte – 10 books
Megabyte – 25 books
Gigabyte – 50 books
Terabyte – 75 books
Petabyte – 100 books
Empty the Cloud - 101+ books

Want to join me?

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RC: Outdo Yourself, page seven

Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

Host: Corinne Rodrigues
for more information and to sign up, click here

Read more books during 2016 than you read during 2015. Any format, any genre. Books should be 100 pages (give or take). There are several levels and you can go by page count or titles.

2013: 168
2014: 211
2015: 133 (so far) Yikes, failing challenge! - 170 totally failed

I'm going for . . .  
Breaking a Sweat  
. . . and hope to read 11-15 more books, 181-185.
Yikes, that's over 16 a month!

Need to remember "give or take", I have several books that are 97 pages.

~ Books Read Jan-Nov: 184 ~
~ Challenge Complete ~ 
How many can I read over goal during December?
~ December ~
My Heart to Keep by Bailey Bradford
Harey Situation by Bailey Bradford

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge

Monthly Keyword
Reading Challenge

Hosted at My Soul Called Life

For more information or to sign up, click here

This is a read and review challenge. Each month you're given six keywords and at least one of the words must be in the title.

Words can be adjusted, such as snowflake or snowing instead of snow.

Books must be read during the assigned month and reviewed before the end of the year.

~ Keywords~

JAN- Court, Fall, Of, Way, Deep, Thousand
Book read:

FEB- And, Rose, Promise, Every, Deception, Blazing
Book read:

MAR- Shall, Go, By, Silence, Her, Saga
Book read:

APR- From, Trigger, Tale, His, Crown, Mist
Book read:

MAY- Four, Wind, All, Fury, Days, Shade
Book read:

JUN- Without, Know, Good, Watch, One, Have
Book read:

JUL- Before, Final, All, Freedom, Life, Dream
Book read:

AUG- Sun, Infinite, Big, My, Wherever, Most
Book read:

SEP- Sand, From, Between, Ever, Reasons, Clash
Book read:

OCT- Darker, You, Ashes, Out, House, Sea
Book read:

NOV- Place, War, Heart, Why, Give, Meet
Book read:

DEC- Forget, Twilight, Only, Crystal, On, Will
Book read:

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In a Year Reading Challenge

In a Year
Reading Challenge

hosted at Goodreads
You'll need a Goodreads account (they're free) to sign up.

There are five levels. I'm going for Hard and hope to read 45 books that count.

How to Participate:
  • Post here telling the challenge leader that you'd like to join the challenge. You can choose your books for the challenge at the beginning, or add them as you go. You can join a challenge at any time, as long as the challenge is still active.
  • Whenever you finish a book for the challenge, post here and let the challenge leader know so they can update your progress.
Some members choose to update their original post with their progress to keep track of their challenge more easily, but make sure to also post a new message so the challenge leader knows to go look at your original post.

Any genre but YA is preferred. Any order, re-reads are allowed. Books can be used for other challenges.
When finished reading a book, you can cross it out or simply put the date you finished reading the book next to the title.

~ Categories and Requirements ~
(I've already found some to read)
1. A book under 150 pages
2. A book with more than 150 pages
3. A book with more than 200 pages
4. A book with more than 300 pages
5. A book with more than 400 pages
6. A book with more than 500 pages
7. A book with more than 600 pages
8. A book with more than 700 pages
9. A book with more than 800 pages
10. A book that is over 1,000 pages

11. A book that genre is adventure
12. A book that genre is apocalyptic
13. A book that genre is crime
14. A book that genre is dystopia
15. A book that genre is fantasy
16. A book that genre is a fairy tale
17. A book that genre is historical romance
18. A book that genre is historical fiction
19. A book that genre is horror / thriller
20. A book that genre is a mystery
21. A book that genre is paranormal
22. A book that genre is romance
23. A book that genre is true crime
24. A book that genre is science fiction
25. A book that genre is slice of life
26. A book that genre is suspense
27. A book that genre is time travel
28. A book that genre is urban
29. A book consider literary
30. A book considered a classic
31. A YA book
32. A NA book
33. An Adult book
34. A nonfiction book. ( Stuff by Frost and Steketee)
35. A biography, autobiography, or memoir

36. A book with a Shape Shifter storyline
37. A book with a Vampire storyline
38. A book with a Plant storyline
39. A book with a Mermaid/Merman storyline
40. A book with a Pirate storyline
41. A book with a Sailor storyline
42. A book with an Assassin storyline
43. A book with a Robot storyline
44. A book with a Human storyline
45. A book with a Cyborg storyline
46. A book set in a Knight storyline
47. A book set in a Demon/Devil storyline
48. A book set in a Grim Reaper/Death storyline
49. A book set in a Chimera/Griffin storyline
50. A book set in a Giant storyline
51. A book set in a Troll/Ogres storyline
52. A book set in a Yeti/Big Foot/Abominable Snowman storyline
(what, no Zombie?)

53. A book about a major world event (The Day the World Came to Town)
54. A book about the cruelty of war
55 A book about Peace.
56. A book with a single parent.
57. A book with an orphan
58. A book with an accident
59. A book where a life hangs in the balance of death
60. A book where an animal is the protagonist
61. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you
62. A book about mental illness (Still Alice or 600 Hours of Edward)
63. A book about an anti hero / dark hero

64. A book published within the last year.
65. A book originally written in a language other than English or your first language (The Missing
66. A book from a cover that grabs you to read or to purchase
67. A book/series that you started but didn’t finish
68. A long running series (a Xanth novel)
69. A book about books
70. A book mentioned in another book (William's Doll
71. A book published more than 100 years ago
72. Read a complete series that is more than 3 books

73. A new book by a favourite female author
74. A new book by a favourite male author
75. A book by a new to you author
76. A book that is a reread of a favourite author
77. An author's last book published (The Cat Who had 60 Whiskers)
78. An author's first book published (The Cat Who could read Backwards)

Recommended / Rated
79. A book that a member has given 5 stars rating
80. A book that is one of your oldest on your Goodreads TBR list
81. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page
82. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated)
83. A book that you've seen the movie of but haven't read
84. A book that became/will be a movie/TV show

85. A book with a number in the title
86. A book with a one-word title
87. A book with a two-word title
88. A book with three or more word title
89. A book with a colour in the title
90. A book with a name in the title
91. A book with a word in the title that begins with the 1st letter of your name
92. A book with a type of food/drink in the title
93. A "between the numbers" book in a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.)
94. A book with a double letter in the title (looking, seeing, book)
95. A book with the same letter more than one time in the title (a Cosy Comfy life, Bang Bang, what comes Around goes Around)

Travel / Culture
96. A book set in the country you live in or would love to live in
97. A book set in the past
98. A book set in the future
99. A book set in elementary school
100. A book set in high school
101. A book set in college
102. An identity book - A book that is about a culture
103. An identity book - a book about a different sexual orientation
104. A fairy tale from a culture other than your own

Holidays / Vacations / Celebration
105. A book set during Christmas (The Christmas Code)
106. A book set during New Years
107. A book set during Valentines (My Zombie Valentine or Valentine Kittens)
108. A book set during Halloween
109. A book set during Independence (could be Fourth of July, Canada Day, Cinco de Mayo, etc.)
110. A book set during Thanksgiving
111. A book set during Summertime/School vacation
112. A book set during Wintertime
113. A book set at the Beach / Lake
114. A book that has a Wedding
115. A book that has a graduation of any kind
116. A book that has an Awards Ceremony
117. A book that celebrates coming to adulthood
118. A book that celebrates childhood
119. A book that celebrates one's own accomplishments

120. A book that made you think (The Dalai Lama's Cat)
121. A book that made you happy
122. A book that made you sad
123. One of your books that has your highest rating on your TBR
124. A book you meant to read in 2016, but didn't (Perfect Touch by Elizabeth Lowell)
125. The first book in a new to you series
126. The next book in a series you are reading (Paws and Effect by Sofie Kelly)
127. A book everyone is talking about
128. A book you're embarrassed to read in public (Deviations: submission)
129. A book with a great opening line

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Monthly Motif Reading Challenge

Monthly Motif
Reading Challenge

hosted at girlxoxo

for more information and to sign up, click here

Each month has a theme to use as the basis of choosing what book to read (book to movie! for example). There will be a linky for reviews but you must link up before the 10th of the following month.

JANUARY – Diversify Your Reading
Kick the reading year off right and shake things up. Read a book with a character (or written by an author) of a race, religion, or sexual orientation other than your own.

FEBRUARY – Undercover Thriller
Read a book involving spies, detectives, private investigators, or a character in disguise.

MARCH – Time Traveler
Read a book set in a different dimension, a book in which time travel is involved or a dystopian or science fiction book where reality looks very different than what we’re used to.

APRIL – Award Winners
Read a book that has won a literary award or a book written by an author who has been recognized in the bookish community.

MAY – Book to Movie or Audio
Read a book that has a movie based off of it. For an extra challenge, see the movie or listen to the audio book as well.

JUNE – Destination Unknown
Read a book in which the character(s) take a trip, travel somewhere, go on a quest, or find themselves on a journey toward something.

JULY – Believe the Unbelievable
This month it’s all about fantasy. Epic fantasy, urban fantasy, fairytales, magic, etc.

AUGUST – Seasons, Elements, & Weather
Read a book in which the season, the elements, or the weather plays a role in the story.

SEPTEMBER – Creepy, Chilling, & Frightful
Cozy mystery ghost stories, paranormal hauntings, murder mysteries, weird and scary creatures- it’s up to you!

OCTOBER– Games, Challenges, & Contests
Read a book that involves a game of some sort. Video games, war games, psychological mess-with-your-mind games, characters who participate in a contest, or a story in which the character takes on a challenge.

NOVEMBER – Last Chance
Read a book you’ve been meaning to get to all year but haven’t yet or read the last book in a series you started.

DECEMBER – Picking Favorites
Read a book by one of your favorite authors or read a book that Girlxoxo has recommended this year.

~ Book Read ~
Jan -
Feb -
Mar -
Apr -
May -
Jun -
Jul -
Aug -
Sep -
Oct -
Nov -
Dec -

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Foodies Read Reading Challenge

Foodies Read
Reading Challenge

hosted at Based on a True Story
for more information and to sign up, click here

This one is all about food. Any format, any genre, if food is a major part of the plot then it counts! She didn't say anything about length. There are several levels or you could choose the a la carte option and let link up when you read a book about food.

I got 10 read during 2016, I'm going for Sous-Chef again and hope to read 9 - 13 books!

~ Books Read ~

~ Possible Books to Read ~
Berry the Hatchet by Peg Cochran (Cranberry Cove) ~?~
Berried Secrets by Peg Cochran (Cranberry Cove) ~?~
Peaches and Scream by Susan Furlong (1 of 3 - a Georgia Peach Mystery) - Peach farm
Rest in Peach by Susan Furlong
War in Peach (don't own yet)
Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander (1 of 5 - a Bakeshop Mystery)
Spells and Scones by Bailey Cates (A Magical Bakery Mystery)
Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti by Bailey Cates (A Magical Bakery Mystery) 
Charms and Chocolate Chips by Bailey Cates (A Magical Bakery Mystery) 
Some Enchanted Éclair by Bailey Cates (A Magical Bakery Mystery)
Magic and Macaroons by Bailey Cates (A Magical Bakery Mystery)
 . . . (yes I did buy all of them after reading the first then forget to read the rest)
Killer Jam by Karen MacInerney
Éclair and Present Danger by Laura Bradford
Death by Coffee by Alex Erickson (bookshop/cafe)
A Peach of a Murder by Livia J. Washburn (A Fresh-Baked Mystery) - Peach Festival 

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Wild Goose Chase Reading Challenge

Wild Goose Chase
Reading Challenge

hosted at The Bookshelf Gargoyle

for more information or to sign up, click here

There is only one level, read 7 books.

But there's a catch.

Each book must fit a category.

  • Only one category per book.
  • Any genre, format, age group (picture books count!)
  • Feel free to use creative interpretation of the categories.
  • There will be a progress page so you can link up reviews, or at least tell everyone how you're doing.

If you don’t have a blog, you could link to your Goodreads shelf/reviews, or simply comment on this page as you go.

~ Categories ~
  1. A book with a word of phrase relating to wildness in the title – any interpretation of the word “wild” is acceptable (eg: The Call of the Wild, Angry Aztecs, Crazy for You; An Untamed State)
  2. A book with a species of bird (or the word “bird”) in the title: (eg: The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Thorn Birds, Turkey: A Modern History)
  3. A book with an exotic or far-flung location in the title – fantasy and mythical locations are acceptable (eg: Paradise Lost, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, Atlantis Rising)
  4. A book with an object you might hunt for in the title (eg: Treasure Island, One for the Money, The History of Love, Dreams from my Father, A Monster Calls, All the Answers)
  5. A book with a synonym for chase in the title (or its derivatives: chasing, chased, etc) (eg: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, Follow the River, Man’s Search for Meaning, The Night Stalker)
  6. A book with a means of transport in the title (eg: If I Built a Car, Walk Two Moons, The Girl on the Train)
  7. A book with an object you might take on a search or hunt in the title (eg: The Golden Compass, The Map to Everywhere, Water for Elephants, Team of Rivals )

~ Books Read ~

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Strictly Print Reading Challenge

Strictly Print
Reading Challenge

Hosted by me

for more information or to sign up, click here

Twitter: #StrictlyPrintRC

I probably have enough unread print books to sign up for Adult! So far during 2016, I've read 24 print books and 13 were picture books! As I don't want to set myself up for failure, I'm going for Chapter Books and hope to read 52 print books this year. That's just over double what I read this year. I'm also hoping not to double my picture book reading!

~ Books Read ~


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The Purrfect Reading Challenge

The Purrfect
Reading Challenge

hosted at Socrates' Book Reviews

for more information and to sign up, click here

This one is all about cat mysteries! There are several levels and I'm going for purring, I hope to read 1-10 books. If I re-read all of The Cat Who books, I could go for catnip!


1. Any book read for this challenge has to be a mystery and have a cat that plays a major role in the book.

2. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or you can just list them as you find them.

3. Book titles may be swapped out at anytime for those who make a list in advance.

4. Crossovers with other challenges are permitted and encouraged.

5. You don't have to have a blog or write a review, but you can if you want to.
 If you don't have a blog, just post in the comment section that you'd like to join. You can post your books in there. I also have a Cat Mystery group on Goodreads and you can join over there. The link is
6. Books can be in any format of your choice (print, audio, ebooks)
7. To sign up, choose one of the levels from the above list and use the Mister Linky. There will be links for reviews and wrap posts later.
Enjoy and have fun!

~ Books Read ~

Big Mike Mysteries by Garrison Allen (own all, would be re-reads) 
Mrs. Murphy Mysteries by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie (own a lot, at least 7 would be new reads)
The Cat Who Mysteries by Lilian Jackson Braun (own most, would be re-reads)
Cats and Curios Mysteries by Rebecca M. Hale  (own at least two)
Magical Cats Mysteries by Sofie Kelly (own all, most would be re-reads)
Second Chance Cat Mysteries by Sofie Ryan (own one, all new reads)
A Cranberry Cove Mystery by Peg Cochran? (I own two)
A Cats In Trouble Mysteries by Leann Sweeney (I own two)
Cat Deck the Halls
Cat in the Stacks by Miranda James (own at least two)
Alice Nestleton Mysteries by Lydia Adamson
Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter by Blaize Clement (re-read)
Reigning Cats and Dogs Mysteries by Cynthia Baxter (one at least one)
A Midnight Louie Mystery by Carole Nelson Douglas (own several, most would be new reads)
The Chocolate Cat Caper by JoAnna Carl
Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr
A Theda Krakow Bystery by Clea Simon (own at least one)
A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery by Ali Brandon (own at least one)
A Joe Grey Mystery by Shirley Rousseau Murphy (own at least one)
Catnapped - A Klepto Cat Mystery by Patricia L. Fry
Bookmobile Cat Mysteries by Laurie Cass (own at least one)
Whales and Tails Mysteries by Kathi Daley
A Sunny and Shadow Mystery by Claire Donally
Mystic Notch Mysteries by Leighann Dobbs
Cat Caper Mysteries by Paige Sleuth
A Nick and Nora Mystery by T. C. LoTempio

Suggestions from Yvonne

(I own at least one book from all the series that Yvonne suggested)

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What an Animal Reading Challenge

What an Animal
Reading Challenge

Hosted at Socrates' Book Reviews
For more information or to sign up, click here

There are four levels, I'm going for 4 and hope to read 21 or more books. (Shifters!)

There are changes this year. Animals on the cover or in the title no longer count! This is actually good news because I sometimes had trouble finding "cover" or "title".
Any book read for this challenge has to have an animal that plays a major role in the book (which could be fiction or non-fiction.)
 It also counts if a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you'd like). In the past, books would qualify if an animal is in the title or on the cover, but that alone no longer qualifies. This challenge is for books related to animals and just because they are in the title or on the cover, doesn't mean it's about an animal.

Basically read books that are about animals (any kind) or have animals (any kind) as main characters.
Any format, any genre, length was not mentioned. Reviews are nice but not necessary, fiction or non-fiction, crossovers to other challenges allowed.

~ Books Read ~

Valentine Kittens
(I've got several kitten books from Zebra Regency)
Casper the Commuting Cat
The Cat Who Came Back for Christmas
Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family
Paws and Effect by Kelly Sofie (A Magical Cats Mystery)

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What's in a Name Reading Challenge

What's In A Name
Reading Challenge

Hosted at The Worm Hole
For more information or to sign up, click here

Tenth year!

Twitter: #whatsinaname2017

  • Books can be any format (print, audio, ebook).
  • It’s preferred that the books don’t overlap with other challenges, but not a requirement at all.
  • Books cannot overlap categories (for instance my example of I Capture The Castle could be used for ‘a building’ or ‘a title in which at least two words share a first letter’ but not both).
  • Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed, it’s encouraged!
  • You don’t have to make your list of books beforehand, you can choose them as you go.
  • You don’t have to read your chosen books in any particular order.

There is a LOT of info on the sign up pages, so don't forget to check it out.

Read one book for each category, six books total (title examples)
  • A number in numbers (84, Charing Cross Road; 12 Years A Slave; 31 Dream Street)
  • A building (The Old Curiosity Shop; I Capture The Castle; House Of Shadows; The Invisible Library; Jamaica Inn)
  • A title which has an ‘X’ somewhere in it (The Girl Next Door; The Running Vixen)
  • A compass direction (North and South; Guardians Of The West; The Shadow In The North; NW)
  • An item/items of cutlery (The Subtle Knife; Our Spoons Came From Woolworths)
  • A title in which at least two words share the same first letter – alliteration! (The Great Gatsby; The Luminous Life Of Lilly Aphrodite; Gone Girl; The Cuckoo’s Calling)

Books Read:
  1. Number in Numbers -
  2. A Building -
  3. Title with an X in it -
  4. A Compass Direction -
  5. Cutlery -
  6. Two word Alliteration -


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